A Guide to Storing Meat in the Fridge to Ensure Freshness

Having trouble storing meat to keep it fresh and preserve its nutritional value? We've got you covered with these tips on how to properly refrigerate meat.

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1. Properly Wrap Meat for Refrigeration

Before storing meat in the refrigerator or freezer, it is important to tightly wrap it using plastic bags or food wrap. This will help keep the meat fresh and prevent bacterial contamination. Tightly wrapping the meat also prevents air from entering, which can lead to ice formation on the surface.

If you plan to freeze the meat, wrap it in multiple layers to prevent excessive freezing, moisture loss, and changes in taste and color.

Step-by-step guide to wrapping meat tightly before putting it in the refrigerator

2. Recommended Storage Time for Each Type of Meat

It is important to store various types of meat at suitable temperature levels to maintain their freshness. If the temperature is too low, the meat will freeze, while inadequate coldness provides an ideal environment for bacterial growth and spoilage. Choose the appropriate compartment in your refrigerator or freezer based on your storage purpose and usage.

For Raw Meat

Clean and uncontaminated raw meat can last for about 4 to 6 days in the refrigerator’s cool compartment and several months in the freezer, if stored at the proper temperature. This applies to both marinated and non-marinated meat.

Guidelines for storage time for raw meat

For Cooked Meat

Cooked meat has a shorter storage time compared to raw meat. It can last up to a maximum of 2 days in the refrigerator and 6 months in the freezer. Make sure to cover the containers tightly with lids or use food wrap to ensure optimal preservation of cooked meat.

Guidelines for storing cooked meat in food containers

In addition to proper storage methods, choosing the right food containers is essential for any kitchen. Here are some popular container products available at Dien May Xanh:

3. Organize the Refrigerator for Meat Storage

To prevent bacterial contamination and preserve the flavors of different meats, it is important to avoid placing cooked and raw meat in close proximity in the refrigerator. If you need to store multiple types of meat simultaneously, increase the cooling level of the refrigerator using the adjustment knob in each compartment.

If you plan to cook the meat on the same day, transfer it to the cool compartment, preferably in the dedicated fresh compartment at the top, to prevent thawing.

Choose the appropriate temperature for the refrigerator

4. Practice Proper Hygiene When Handling Meat

To prevent the spread of bacteria, it is crucial to wash your hands with antibacterial soap before and after handling raw meat. Clean the utensils used for meat preparation, the kitchen counter, and any surfaces that come into contact with raw meat to ensure proper hygiene.

Wash hands thoroughly

Above are some valuable tips for storing meat in the refrigerator. We hope this article provides useful information for individuals handling food preservation and storage.

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